Oilseed co-op progress

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaPromising higher profits for hundreds of Georgia farmers, the new Farmers Oilseed Cooperative, Inc., has moved a step closer to reality, narrowing to five the list of prospective sites for their proposed $55 million processing plant.FOC leaders and others met with representatives of eight communities July 16-17. The co-op asked five to submit written proposals. They plan to narrow that to three before beginning formal negotiations.”They hope to make a final decision at their board meeting Aug. 9,” said George Shumaker, who accompanied the group on its mid-July site visits.55 to 60 employeesThe processing plant would employ 55 to 60 people. It will crush soybeans, canola, peanuts and sunflower seed for oils and other products.Shumaker, an agricultural economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has advised the co-op throughout its development.While the co-op would be new to Georgia, it’s not really new.”This concept has proven itself time and again in the Midwest,” he said. “Farmers there recognize the value of joining together to enhance their profits. And Georgia farmers are just as smart as Illinois and Iowa farmers.”Incorporated May 2001The FOC was incorporated in May 2001, two years after the idea surfaced in Georgia. With 152 charter members from throughout the state, the co-op spent the past year developing a business plan, handling the legal paperwork required to make a stock sale and laying out the site requirements for the processing plant.”They decided not to sell stock until they determined where the plant will be,” Shumaker said. “The most common question they kept hearing was where the plant would be.”At one point, the co-op was considering 25 sites. They came up with about half of those on their own. The rest were added by industry location specialists Joe Riley of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation and Bill Dobbs of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.A whirlwind tourWhen the co-op narrowed that list to eight, Riley and Dobbs set up a whirlwind tour for FOC president Billy Wayne Sellers, site selection chair Ben Deal and Shumaker to see the sites and meet with community representatives.”All in all, the visits were very good,” Sellers said. “We had some strong proposals. Now the committee will have to sort through them and make the best decision for the farmers. It’s going to be a hard decision.”Once the final site is determined, Shumaker said, the co-op will develop delivery points using existing grain elevators in areas remote from the plant, so distant growers won’t have far to truck their crops.Of the oilseeds the plant would process, only soybeans and peanuts are grown to any extent in Georgia now.Bright canola prospectsUGA researchers and extension scientists have touted the profit potential of canola for at least a decade. But growers have had no nearby processing plant. A few growers are interested in growing sunflowers. Both crops produce high-value oils.All four crops’ value will be higher for co-op shareholders.”At current market prices (about $5 a bushel), soybean growers would get about 80 cents more per bushel by marketing through the co-op,” Shumaker said. “Canola growers could add about $2.40 to the current $5 per bushel.”Sellers said that’s the best thing the FOC has to offer. “The farmer will own the product until it gets to the grocery shelves,” he said. The added income from the processing is money farmers don’t ordinarily get.Shareholders profitThe co-op will buy oilseeds first from shareholders. Other farmers may be able to sell to the co-op, Shumaker said, but only shareholders will get the added income for the processing.To build the plant and begin operations, Shumaker said, FOC will need 750 to 800 shareholders with average commitments of 275 acres to the co-op. Minimum investments will be 1,500 shares at $2.25 per share.”With the economy like it is, that’s going to be a hard decision for farmers,” Sellers said. “But it’s a good project. It will work. And I think farmers will realize that once they understand the concept.”last_img read more

Crop diseases

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s usually wet, warm summers are good for row crops like peanuts, cotton, corn and soybeans. But they’re also good for diseases that can attack plants below and above ground. And the recent surge of tropical weather can help the diseases.”Over this growing season, except for a few stretches of dry weather, we’ve had pretty uniformly wet, warm weather across the state,” said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “This has been optimal for many plant diseases.”Tropical troubleThe wet weather brought by recent tropical storms did end a dry spell, he said. But it also increased the risk for many fungal diseases.”Wind-blown rain can spread spores,” he said. “And rain can splash spores onto plants.”Storms coming up from the Caribbean can carry spores a long way, too — as far as the Southeastern United States, he said.One spore can cause what is known as peanut rust. It sometimes affects peanuts in the Florida Panhandle but can reach Georgia, too.”This is an explosive disease and can tear down a plant pretty fast,” Kemerait said. “If rust appears, (farmers) better get out there and jump right on it.”Spraying can control this disease. But many farmers simply can’t get tractors into fields when rain saturates the ground. They bog down.”The rain is needed. But farmers need to be able to get into fields to apply fungicides,” he said. “If they can’t, it could really hurt yields.”In the fieldsPeanuts have already had trouble with other more common diseases this year. Leaf spot and white mold have been widespread over the state. And tomato spotted wilt virus, a disease spread by small insects called thrips, has been bad. Some fields have been as much as 30 percent infected with the deadly disease. Last year, the virus was not as bad.Georgia growers planted about 575,000 acres of peanuts this year, about 35,000 more acres than last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Georgia’s soybean growers have had problems with frog-eye leaf spot and downy mildew.”I’ve had more calls this year for soybean disease than all the other crops combined,” Kemerait said.Fungicide spraying can control frog-eye. Downy mildew has no real control measures.Soybean growers planted about 250,000 acres of soybeans this year, about 60,000 acres more than last year, according to the GASS.Cotton growers have seen an increase this year in southern root knot nematodes in some fields. These microscopic worms damage root systems.A problem that continues to perplex cotton farmers and researchers is “hard lock.” This is when a cotton boll opens but the lint doesn’t fluff, making it impossible to pick. It could be caused by a fungus.”But we’re not sure what causes it,” Kemerait said. “But there’s starting to be a lot of talk about hard lock.”Georgia has 1.3 million acres of cotton this year, a small increase from last year, according to the GASS.Southern corn leaf blight has been a problem for Georgia corn growers this year, he said. It’s usually a minor disease. Southern rust usually causes problems, but not this year. Both diseases attack corn leaves, especially during wet weather. And on varieties with reduced resistance, they can reduce yields.Farmers have picked about half of Georgia’s corn crop so far. They planted about 330,000 acres, about 10,000 less than last year.Each year, plant diseases cost Georgia row-crop farmers about $150 million in lost production and the cost of preventive measures. “Overall, our crops are looking good,” Kemerait said. “But this is a critical time of year for diseases.”last_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s names Jostein Solheim as new CEO

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,Vermont s iconic ice cream makers, known for progressive social action as much as for the big chunks and swirls in their ice cream, have announced their newest leader from the home office. Jostein Solheim was appointed CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and VP Global Brand Development, effective immediately. The new CEO, supported both by Unilever and the Ben & Jerry s Board of Directors, was introduced at the company s South Burlington headquarters during a town-hall style site meeting.Solheim brings a wealth of ice cream expertise to the position with 14 years experience in five countries for Unilever, Ben & Jerry s Anglo-Dutch parent company. Most recently, Solheim completed a rejuvenation plan for Unilever s North American Ice Cream division through a comprehensive plan that focused on quality and innovative new products. Solheim’s global experience and passion for the ice cream business will be critical in leading Ben & Jerry’s through the next phase of growth. My family and I look forward to engaging with the Ben & Jerry s family, stated Solheim. We re especially excited about the Social Mission, added Solheim, whose family will be relocating to Vermont in the near future.In typical company spirit, a Meet & Greet & Eat media event has been planned for Tuesday, March 23rd the Company s national Free Cone Day – to introduce the new CEO and take questions about his role and his vision for the company. And all who attend get a free scoop.About Ben & Jerry sBen & Jerry s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH on its labels. Ben and Jerry s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. The goal of the social mission is to integrate a concern for the community into as many day to day business operations as possible while maintaining the product and economic missions. The move to Fair Trade ingredients is driven by that commitment. For more visit www.benjerry.com(link is external). BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 19, 2010last_img read more

Beer Blog: Catawba Brewing King Winterbolt

first_imgHere’s the thing about winter seasonals: They can get a bit annoying after a while. No disrespect, I love me some super sweet stout brewed with “holiday spices,” but by mid January, I’m a bit “holiday spiced” out. There are still a couple of bottles of holiday seasonals in the back of the fridge, hanging out way longer than they should, like my neighbor’s Christmas lights. So I was a bit hesitant when a buddy picked up a sixer of Catawba Brewing’s King Winterbolt Winter Ale. Really? Another winter beer? Whatever.We popped the tops on the backend of a night ski sesh (or “session,” if you’re not into the whole brevity thing), our beards thick with ice from the vicious snow guns that plague our local resort. It’s a dark beer, and I expected the standard overly sweet seasonal fare, but King Winterbolt hit me with a surprising layer of hops. The beer still has a pleasant roasted coffee character that gives it a solid backbone (what would a winter beer be without a bit of malted sweetness), but there’s a healthy dose of Cascade and Sorachi hops that gives the beer more of an IPA bitterness and spice. This is kind of like a transitional beer—a brew with one foot in the holiday past and one foot heading toward spring.And of course, King Winterbolt adheres to the most important style guideline of winter seasonals: higher alcohol content. The cans are 7%–not exactly high gravity, but it does the job, and provides a bit of warmth, particularly after spending two hours under the snow guns.The best part about King Winterbolt, though, is that it’s named after the villain in the often-overlooked Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas In July. This is the movie where we learn Rudolph’s origin story, and how he got that awesome nose. Oh yeah.last_img read more

Trump’s election challenges are so pathetic, major law firms no longer want to be involved

first_imgAnother highlight was when the Democrats’ lawyer called the Trump campaign’s top person in the state to testify. Feuer: “She says she had an open line of communications with election officials all day. But never worried about poll workers overriding a voter’s decision. She says she got some reports about voter confusion. But … says she was totally satisfied about how the county handled the issue.” She went on, “I did not raise any issues about poll workers,” as Feuer says, which is “the heart of this complaint.” All of this something like seven hours of testimony, by the way, was over 191 votes. As of Friday morning, Joe Biden’s lead in Maricopa County is more than 45,000 votes.No wonder the largest firm in Arizona that had been working on Trump’s challenges withdrew this week. Leaving Trump with just Phoenix political law firm Statecraft with attorney Kory Langhofer, the guy who calls his own business partner as his star witness.At some point, somebody should have to pay some fines or spend a few nights in jail for the massive contempt of court—and contempt of democracy—all these nuisance cases reflect.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A report in The New York Times Monday described the growing internal unrest in the firm as it filed more and more specious claims on behalf of Trump and the role they were playing in undermining the integrity of the elections process. One of their lawyers had already quit over the summer because of work with Trump, and that was before they started in on this nonsense. It’s worse than nonsense. It’s total garbage. Like another challenge brought by Trump “voters” in Pennsylvania that was filed without any evidence. They say they’ll collect the evidence after the challenge is accepted. It just doesn’t work like that.It doesn’t work at all the way Trump’s lawyers are pretending. If you have some time to spare and need a dark laugh, these Twitter threads from the Times’ Alan Feuer and Law & Crime’s Adam Klasfeld on the second “Sharpiegate” challenge in Maricopa County, Arizona, (the conspiracy theory that involves Sharpies and overvotes and undervotes and ink drying) will provide that. This was an absolutely bonkers hearing in which, among other things, one of the star witnesses for Trump was exposed as the business partner of the lawyer representing Trump in that hearing. The lawyer for the Democrats asked him if he was getting paid to testify. “Not that I know of,” he said. “I haven’t discussed it.” Asked if it was possible he was being paid. “I’m not sure,” he said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Revenues from foreign tourists in the first six months increased by 5 percent

first_img“In the past five years, tourist traffic at the level of the first six months increased by 62 percent, and revenues by 51 percent. The Croatian continent is certainly of great importance for the growth and development of year-round tourism, so I am especially glad that this week we will have the opportunity to hold Croatian Tourism Days in as many as five counties from Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem to show all the richness .” commented Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. The growth of revenues from foreign tourists was recorded in the second quarter of 2019, and from April to June, 2 billion and 233 million euros of revenues from tourism were generated, which is 5 percent more than in the same period in 2018, or 110 million euros more.  In the first six months of 2019, revenues from foreign tourists amounted to 2 billion and 720 million euros, which compared to the same period last year represents a growth of 5 percent, or 127 million euros more revenue, according to CNB data.center_img The results achieved in the first half of this year are a confirmation of the progress of Croatian tourism in the form of strengthening the recognition of Croatia as a year-round destination, commented the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and added: last_img read more

Mexican federal judge and wife shot dead in violent western state

first_imgTopics : Earlier this month, the body of a Colima state lawmaker who belonged to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) was found in an unmarked grave a few weeks after she was reported missing.Colima, which is home to Mexico’s biggest container port on the Pacific coast, has for several years been wracked by bloody turf wars between rival drug gangs. Last year Colima registered the highest homicide rate of any state in Mexico.Arturo Zaldivar, chief justice of Mexico’s Supreme Court, said the murders “hurt the entire justice system and each and every Mexican,” and urged authorities to guarantee the safety of federal judges and their families. A Mexican federal judge and his wife were shot dead in the western state of Colima on Tuesday, the attorney general’s office said, as violence continues to convulse the country even amid the coronavirus outbreak.A group of armed men entered Judge Uriel Villegas’ home in Colima, the state capital, Tuesday morning and shot the couple in front of their two daughters, local media reported.The attorney general’s office said in a statement it would investigate “the heinous murder” of the judge and his wife.last_img read more

Ultimate city fringe property to go to auction

first_img58 Livingstone St, West End.The house has an enviable kitchen featuring granite bench tops, solid timber cupboards, gas cooking, dishwasher and a butler’s pantry.There are multiple outdoor entertaining areas with views of Castle Hill while in the backyard there is a swimming pool. Out the back stands an oversized barn style, three-bay shed with 130sq m of under-roof space, mezzanine level for storage, three phase power and 5kW solar on the roof.The property was not flood affected and is within walking distance to the popular Castle Hill walking tracks. 58 Livingstone St, West End.Harcourts Kingsberry Townsville sales consultant Tammy Tyrrell is marketing the property and said it offered a rare opportunity to buy a premium house in a sought after, city-fringe location.“The home offers a city lifestyle with its proximity to all that Townsville has to offer while being based in a friendly neighbourhood,” she said.“It’s the perfect blend of suburban living and city lifestyle.“The property would make a perfect base for an established family or a growing one while it would also suit someone with a home-based business.” 58 Livingstone St, West End.A COLONIAL Queenslander offering the ultimate city-fringe lifestyle is on the market.The home, at 58 Livingstone St, West End, will be auctioned on February 23 at 10am.The property has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, five car spaces and is on a 1012sq m block only minutes from the CBD. 58 Livingstone St, West End.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The well-designed floor plan seamlessly flows from room to room with multiple living areas.Ms Tyrrell said the house was a true colonial Queenslander with a distinctive bullnose roof line.“It has 13ft [4m] ceilings, fretwork breezeways, polished floors plus tongue -and-groove walls,” she said.“The colonial features and impeccable presentation gives it a homely feeling complemented by tasteful updates and additions while respecting the character. “Externally the multiple entertainment areas and in-ground concrete pool surrounded by established gardens are well complemented by a second-to-none three-bay Colorbond shed that offers itself to a home business or enthusiast.” 58 Livingstone St, West End.last_img read more

Carmody sweet on Leopardstown test

first_img Press Association Carmody has yet to make plans for Royal Diamond after last year’s Irish St Leger hero finished seventh to St Nicholas Abbey in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan. “He’s back home and seems all right. He ran a good race against the best in the world but was just out of the money,” said the Curragh-based handler. “I don’t know where he will go next.” The eight-year-old could go for the Heritage Stakes, a Listed race over a mile, after making history by being the first horse to win both the English and Irish Lincoln. “He’s fine, there are no hiccups with him, he’s grand. He may possibly go to Leopardstown for the Listed race on the 14th,” said trainer Tommy Carmody. center_img Sweet Lightning may bid to follow up his Irish Lincolnshire success at Leopardstown on Sunday.last_img read more